atest press release from Jennifer Whitmore TD, issued on Wednesday, September 8th 2021…
Deputy Jennifer Whitmore, Social Democrats TD for Wicklow has called on Wicklow County Council to carry out an environmental impact assessment on the proposed new suspension bridge at Bray.
Wicklow County Council has concluded from a screening determination that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development and that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required.
Deputy Whitmore says, “I welcome a new bridge for Bray over the River Dargle as it will help to alleviate traffic congestion providing and the new pedestrian boardwalk along the southern bank wall will help keep pedestrians safer on the road.
“However, given that this will be a high suspension bridge, there are environmental concerns that need to be looked at before we can fully welcome this proposal.
“I have spoken to environmental organisations and have written to Wicklow County Council outlining the impact a suspension bridge could have on the flight path of the local swan population. Near a similar bridge, the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin, there are fewer swans and they have been negatively impacted by that structure. In Bray, there are 119 swans according to experts in the area, and it is believed even more damage can be caused.
“As swans swim up the Dargle at high tide, they fly back, potentially into the cables of the suspension bridge which would be disastrous to the local population. I really believe an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed here to look into this in further detail.
“I have expressed this to the Council and to local experts and will continue to raise this in my capacity as TD for the area,” concludes Whitmore.
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